Clicking active window icon doesn't do anything

Bug #774305 reported by Magnes on 2011-04-30
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Usability bug: when windows is active left clicking on the icon in Unity dock doesn't do anything. I think it should work as right button or show all active windows or something - left clicking on icons should always cause some action otherwise user is confused.
Use case:
- user click on icon of inactive window,
- the window is now active,
- user clicks this icon again - nothing happens, user is confused, tries clicking several more times.

Bilal Shahid (s9iper1) wrote :

yes it also happens with me

Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
kjkorhonen (kjkorhonen) wrote :

This is very confusing to the user. For example I get some error messages from Thunderbird while browsing with Firefox. When this happens, Thunderbird is brought to the front all of a sudden, but the Firefox window still remains technically active. Clicking the Firefox icon does nothing, since the window is active even though I can't see it. The only way to get Firefox to the front is to first click some other launcher icon to deactivate Firefox.

The Unity launcher icons should always and in any situation bring the clicked application to front. In my opinion this is a bug, not wishlist.

John Lea (johnlea) wrote :

@kjkorhonen, or @om26er; could you report this as a separate bug with clear steps to reproduce (focus steeling by alerts sounds like a different issue to this bug)

Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

There are not enough information for me to report a new bug for the issue described in comment # 2

I fully agree there should be action on clicking active icon, but i also strongly think that that action should be hiding the program. This is the standard on most OS's, and i don't see why Unity should break from this convention.

Magnes (magnesus2) wrote :

I believe in Windows 7 the action is - for apps with multiple windows - beautiful view of active windows of an application. Much better than taking the whole screen window selection in Ubuntu. For apps with only one window it's minimising.

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